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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 7, 2011 4:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Current Events Spaces

I've read that the band sometimes talked beforehand about a kind of impressionistic "theme" for Space, sometimes on a current event -- which one time, I think, was "Gaddafi in Libya." Now that would be timely. Does anyone know which space is the Gaddafi space? (Or Khaddafi or Qaddafi or whatever the spelling of the moment may be?)

I can't actually think of many Spaces with names -- just the Raven and Earthquake ones (which, perhaps not coincidentally, also have "lyrics" or, um, spoken word poetry or ... something). There's the Close Encounters one early in '78, though I think it's more proto-space and not a full space segment. Are there other Spaces with names? And have any of the "current event" spaces been identified?

Wonder what a Space inspired by "Gaddafi's Crush on Condoleeza Rice" might have sounded like ...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2030186/Colonel-Gaddafi-kept-photos-darling-Condoleezza-Rice-lair.html

... Though really, only Pigpen could have done that story justice. (Good Mornin Little Secretary of State?)



This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2011-09-07 11:03:16

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Sep 7, 2011 5:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Current Events Spaces

You are cracking me up.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Sep 7, 2011 5:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Current Events Spaces

buffalo bill is defunct space
words by ken kesey

http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-10-31.sbd.gardner.2897.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: wineland Date: Sep 7, 2011 7:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Current Events Spaces

I cringed when I heard Gaddafi referred to "Lizha" as his "African Queen."

Not sure about Space, but when Garcia brought out New Speedway Boogie in 1991, a hiatus lasting from 1970, it was a thinly vieled commentary on the (1st) Gulf War. A few other songs that could fit the bill apppeared that night, including the US Blues encore. Listen to Garcia's passion and voice inflections on NSB.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-02-19.sbd.ladner.8574.sbeok.shnf

Edit: Here's an excerpt from Blair Jackson's Garcia: An American Life
http://tinyurl.com/3pwogta

This post was modified by wineland on 2011-09-07 14:39:47

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Sep 7, 2011 8:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Current Events Spaces - Blair Jackson Addition

You must have been thinking about "Khadafy Death Squad" space. There was also a "Reagan in China" space.

Page 325, upper-middle; the spring '82 tour:

Other notable highlights from the road trip included two "space" jams that deviated from the normal dense guitar cacophony. In Hartford on April 18, Phil celebrated the anniversary of the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 by rapping about that event in a sort of poetic narrative as the players created their own noisy earthquake: "The Barbary Coast, 1906, the wickedest place in the world. A place with sin and salvation. Woo-ooh, lots of fun, hey!" and so on. The next night, in Baltimore, Phil was once again at the mike during "space," this time reciting "The Raven" by Baltimore native son Edgar Allen Poe.

Garcia always loved "space" because it was the one part of the concert when he could be completely free musically — there were absolutely no rules. In 1984 Garcia called this music "our most free-form stuff, the stuff that's not really attached to any particular song. It's not rhythmic, it's not really attached to any musical norms; it's the completely weird shit. The last couple of years we've been picking themes for ["space"] and thinking of that like being a painting or a movie. I think our most recent theme was Reagan in China. One time we had the Khadafy Death Squad as our theme. Sometimes they're terribly detailed, sometimes they're just a broad subject. We do this when we think about it; when we remember to. It's not a hard, fast rule. It's made that part of the music at times have some tremendous other level of organization that pulls it together and makes it really interesting.

"It provides a sort of invisible infrastructure than anybody can interpret however they want and it still provides a centerpiece for us all to look at. It's provided for us more interesting shapes for that nonformed music, that shapeless music. Before we started using that idea, that music would sometimes get dispersed so far you couldn't relate to it all. And sometimes it would make an effort to turn into something familiar real fast, so it would hover between these two poles and there was something not quite juicy about; not quite as promising as it could be."

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Sep 7, 2011 8:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Current Events Spaces

More immediate to the moment, I always felt the dark, pensive and melancholic space that came after New Speedway Boogie and went into Attics of My Life at Deer Creek 7/2/95 was "a thinly vieled commentary" on that days events. "A few other songs that could fit the bill apppeared that night, including ..." Dire Wolf and Desolation Row. "Listen to Garcia's passion and voice inflections on NSB." The same could be said for that dark day in the Dead's history at Deer Creek.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 7, 2011 10:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Current Events Spaces

I completely agree w/ you and fen. It's some of the angriest music I have ever heard them play. I've always hoped for a clean source, but maybe it's fitting that the sound is as is. (It must have been the lights.)

And as far as Pig and Condi or Hillary (or both), I can't see it. Thank God. Though Condi does play the piano and chess ...

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Sep 7, 2011 9:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Current Events Spaces

Victim-It's All Too Much>New Speedway Boogie I agree there is a message in there ...

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Sep 7, 2011 7:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Current Events Spaces

Good Mornin Little Secretary of State!
Thanks for the laugh

Get your head out of the bunker & leave it out...

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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Sep 7, 2011 4:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Current Events Spaces

I think that the Tubular Bells Spaces from the 90s would qualify

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